The allegations are based on an email from early 2012, in which U.S. commerce officials say EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström was concerned about new European data protection proposals and kept them updated about timing and other details.
A House of Lords committee has slammed the “right to be forgotten” ruling of Europe’s top court, as well as the interpretation of the concept that’s in the new Data Protection Directive.
EU justice chief Viviane Reding has welcomed a proposal by the Obama administration to give Europeans a right to judicial redress if their data, sent to the U.S. by authorities in their home country, has been abused.
What’s the sensible reaction to the NSA spying on European countries (with, ahem, some cooperation of those countries’ own intelligence agencies)? According to European Commissioner Viviane Reding, who is in charge of justice, the answer is… more spying!
Reding apparently told a Greek newspaper on Monday that the EU should have a proper counterpart to the NSA — “so we can level the playing field with our U.S. partners” — by 2020. She may have been speaking “off the cuff” and it’s very unlikely to happen (member states handle their own national security), but it’s still an odd suggestion when spying victims such as Germany are trying to rein in the global espionage frenzy, not ramp it up.
The European Commission’s Viviane Reding proposes single set of data privacy rules for the whole region and we recap Structure:Europe.
Dr Alexander Dix is Berlin’s privacy chief. With Germany being pretty hardcore about data protection law, you might think he’s Silicon Valley’s worst enemy — but he has compromise in mind.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told EU commissioner of justice Viviane Reding that the NSA is primarily targeting U.S. citizens and suspected foreign terrorists in its data collection efforts.
The Financial Times is quoting three senior EU officials as saying an “anti-FISA” clause was taken out of the EU’s proposed data protection legislation, after senior U.S. figures lobbied against it.
The European Commission knew about PRISM. And, while it may want to firm up data protection rules, it’s up to individual EU governments to decide whether they’re OK with the U.S. spying on their citizens.